In our previous “Real World Examples” post, we focused on Regard for Student Perspectives. As we continue our journey through the CLASS manual, today we will move into our next domain, Classroom Organization. Let’s dive right into the dimension of Behavior Management. And speaking of diving, summer is here and temperatures are at an all time high, so I’m sure we are headed to our local community pool to cool off!

Behavior Management

The Example: The Community Pool

Clear Behavior Expectations

The minute you walk into the pool center you see the sign with the rules clearly stated behind the sign in desk:

  1. No Glass
  2. No Food
  3. No Running
  4. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

As you head into the locker rooms to change, you see a sign with the rules clearly posted again by the hand washing sinks. Then, as you settle down into a chair by the pool you see another post on the fence (clarity of rules and clear expectations)! As you are applying your sunscreen you hear the lifeguard say, “Remember to walk so that you stay safe!” (consistency). 


You noticed that the lifeguards on duty are constantly monitoring the water and the perimeter of the pool to ensure everyone’s safety (monitors). Additionally, they are watching for congestion at the diving board area, as this space can get congested with kids anxiously awaiting their turn (anticipates problem behavior or escalation).

Redirection of Misbehavior

At the diving board when two girls start to shove each other and shout, “It’s my turn! I was first!” the lifeguard calmly responds, “You will each get a turn to jump off the diving board. Let’s cheer her on!” The girls begin to cheer, “Go Samantha! Go!” (effective reduction of misbehavior). As the day hot day continues on you hear the lifeguard saying, “Thank you for walking! You're being safe—high five!” and, ”Thank you for not splashing” (attention to the positive).

Student Behavior

With consistent and clear behavior expectations, being proactive and monitoring, paying attention to the positive, you hear the sounds of excited children having a fun and safe day at the pool. They are walking, and waiting their turn for the diving board (frequent compliance, little aggression and defiance).

By having proactive behavior management strategies in place at the community pool, children are able to engage in social play, develop their gross motor skills, and spend quality time with their friends and family in a safe and engaging learning environment!

What are some of your favorite real-world examples of Behavior Management? Does the dimension of Behavior Management ever come to mind when you are navigating the adult world too?

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